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NC State celebrates 70 years of nuclear engineering education
An early picture of the research reactor building on the North Carolina State University campus. The Department of Nuclear Engineering is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its nuclear engineering curriculum in 2020–2021. Photo: North Carolina State University
The Department of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University has spent the 2020–2021 academic year celebrating the 70th anniversary of its becoming the first U.S. university to establish a nuclear engineering curriculum. It started in 1950, when Clifford Beck, then of Oak Ridge, Tenn., obtained support from NC State’s dean of engineering, Harold Lampe, to build the nation’s first university nuclear reactor and, in conjunction, establish an educational curriculum dedicated to nuclear engineering.
The department, host to the 2021 ANS Virtual Student Conference, scheduled for April 8–10, now features 23 tenure/tenure-track faculty and three research faculty members. “What a journey for the first nuclear engineering curriculum in the nation,” said Kostadin Ivanov, professor and department head.
Tatsuhiko Uda, Takahiko Sugiyama, Yamato Asakura, Kenzo Munakata, Masahiro Tanaka
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 48 | Number 1 | July-August 2005 | Pages 480-483
Technical Paper | Tritium Science and Technology - Containment, Safety, and Environment | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST05-A970
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
Recovery of tritium released into a working area in a nuclear fusion plant is a key issue of safety. The catalytic oxidation of isotopic hydrogen including tritium is a conventional method for removing tritium from the air of the room. If a tritium release accident occurs in the fusion plant, large volumes of air should be processed by the air cleanup system. The system should be designed to be able to process the gas with high volumetric velocity. However, the high throughput of air causes pressure drop in the catalyst bed, which results in high load to the pumping system. In this study, and their applicability of honeycomb catalysts to the tritium recovery system was examined. The honeycomb catalyst has an advantage in terms of pressure drop, which is far less than that in conventional particle-packed catalyst beds. The experiments on honeycomb catalysts such as cordierite and Al-Cr-Fe metal alloy indicate their preferable oxidizing performance. Particularly, the metal honeycomb has an advantage for hydrogen gas oxidization at room temperature because it is expected to be less affected memory effect by tritium contamination. Thus, these honeycomb catalysts are applicable to the tritiated gases recovery system with high performance.